When you are not at home / office Wi-Fi or traveling, you may need to use an iPhone hotspot to activate internet connection on Mac or PC. However, you will be faced with slow internet speed and the iPhone hotspot will keep randomly disconnecting. Here are the fixes you can apply when the iPhone hotspot keeps disconnecting.
There are many factors that could be responsible, but it is difficult to pinpoint which ones. You can start troubleshooting with the most common solutions and then move on to the more difficult ones.
1. Check data usage
iOS allows you to check personal hotspot data usage on iPhone. It will give you a detailed breakdown of the data consumed by each connected device.
You may have limited monthly data to consume from your carrier. You can check the personal hotspot data usage in the Settings> Mobile data menu.
Find a personal hotspot in the Mobile data menu and check the device for failure. If necessary, purchase an additional data plan from your local operator.
2. Disable low data mode
You may have enabled Low Data Mode toggle in settings if you have a tight data plan. As the name suggests, Low Data mode helps reduce mobile data usage. iOS will turn off background tasks like automatic updates, background tasks, hotspot, and more when it’s on.
You can turn off Low Data mode from the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on iPhone.
2nd step: Go to Mobile data and select your primary SIM card.
Step 3: Deactivate Low Data mode in the menu.
3. Reconnect the connection to the access point
On your Mac or PC, you can have your system “forget” the current access point of the connected iPhone and try to reconnect it with a password.
Before connecting to the iPhone hotspot, you can go to Settings> Personal hotspot and check your iPhone hotspot password. In the same menu, you can change the password of your iPhone hotspot.
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4. Keep the personal hotspot screen on
If you are using a beta version of iOS, we suggest you leave the screen showing the hotspot option active. Sometimes the same works wonders when the iPhone hotspot is used with PC or Mac.
This method may consume more battery because the screen is always on. We recommend that you connect to a power source during the process.
5. Disable low power mode
When you enable low power mode from settings or control center to save battery, it also disconnects the access point. So you may need to turn off low power mode to get your job done. Low power mode temporarily reduces background activities like downloads and mail retrieval until you can fully charge your phone. This background activity includes the connection to the personal hotspot, the download process, etc.
Keeping your iPhone in low power mode will cause frequent disconnection of the hotspot on the device.
Open the Settings app and go to the Battery menu. Turn off low power mode and you’re ready to use a strong iPhone hotspot connection.
6. Reset network settings
If none of the tips work, you may need to reset your iPhone’s network settings. Here’s how.
Step 1: Go to the Settings app on iPhone.
2nd step: Open the General menu. Scroll down to Reset at the bottom.
Step 3: Tap on it and reset network settings from the pop-up menu.
7. Update operator settings
Your local operator regularly issues new updates to improve network connection and data speeds. These updates are automatically installed wirelessly. But in some cases, you may need to update operator settings manually.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
2nd step: Go to the General menu.
Step 3: Select About.
Step 4: Scroll down and you will find the SIM card details.
Step 5: Check the version of the network provider.
Step 6: Tap on it to retrieve the latest version.
Restart your iPhone and activate a personal hotspot again.
8. Update the iOS version
Using an outdated iOS version may lead to frequent disconnection of the hotspot on your iPhone. For some reason you might have avoided the latest updates, you will install them. For this, you will need to open the Settings app and go to the General> Software Update menu to install the latest version of iOS.
Establish a strong Hotspot connection on iPhone
The iPhone hotspot keeps disconnecting and can be confusing as the internet connection works fine on the device but not on the connected PC, Mac or other smart devices. Which trick worked for you to establish a constant personal hotspot connection on your iPhone? Share your findings in the comments below.
Last updated on November 15, 2021
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